Company considers tidal energy project for Penobscot River


VERONA ISLAND (AP) – A company based in Washington, D.C., has applied to federal regulators for a permit to study the feasibility of a plan to harness tidal currents in the Penobscot River to generate electricity.

The Maine Tidal Energy Co. project would be located along the western shore of Verona Island and involve as many as 100 underwater generators.

If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grants a preliminary permit, Maine Tidal Energy Energy would have three years to study the site and determine whether to push forward with construction.

The 100 “tidal in stream energy conversion” devices would be connected by underwater transmission cables to onshore electrical infrastructure, according to the FERC application.

Each of the 100 generators would be capable of providing power to about 750 homes.